Great overview of the area. Makes me want to seek out the swimholes if they're secluded enough. We hiked Taum Sauk & Mina Sauk Falls Easter weekend 1999 when there was some serious flooding of the nearby creeks. There was a lot of runoff on the mountain throughout the time we were hiking.
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